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The Big Wakeup Call’s End of Summer Special!

The Big Wakeup Call looks back and says farewell to the unusual Summer of 2021 as we chat with special guests Michael Ian Black, Scott Aukerman, Ben Gleib, Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan, Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Andy Summers from The Police, Dylan Brody, and Bill McCormick!  Re-live that exciting 6 weeks when everything seemed possible before unwelcome guest Delta Variant showed up.

The whole show is a fun listen, but if you’d like to skip to the individual chats, here you go!

Michael Ian Black

Scott Aukerman

Ben Gleib

Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Andy Summers

Dylan Brody

Bill McCormick

Michael Kosta

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah correspondent Micheal Kosta called in to talk about his first one-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central, “Michael Kosta: Detroit. NY. LA.,” which was filmed in each of those three cities in a hilarious and nostalgic reminder of pre-pandemic life.

Judy Gold

Comedy legend Judy Gold called in to chat about her new book “YES, I CAN SAY THAT: When They Come for the Comedians We Are All In Trouble.”

James Veitch

Stand-up comic and TED Talk legend James Veitch called in for a fun chat about his new book “Dot Con: The Art of Scamming a Scammer.”

Vic DiBitetto

Vic DiBitetto, the Donkey of Comedy and the Working Class Zero, called in for a chat about his lengthy comedy tour which will somehow take him all over the country through 2021 but will not return to Chicago.  Vic is invited to do a house concert in my basement at any time, where massive quantities of deep dish pizza will be provided.  We discussed Chicago vs. New York pizza, Gravy vs. Sauce, and his popular “Ticked off Vic” YouTube segments.

Dan Crohn

Stand-up comedian Dan Crohn called in to talk about his appearance on a new compilation comedy album, “Valentine’s Day is for Suckers.”  Dan also has a solo comedy album called “It’s Enough Already.” We discussed whether or not a comedy show is good for a first date, dealing with second show Friday, the Boston and Chicago comedy scenes, and how teaching 4th graders has provided him with almost endless material.

Pete Correale

Pete Correale called in to the show for a chat about his new stand-up album “For Pete’s Sake.”  We talked about the adventures of being a marathon spectator, listening to classic comedy albums, and juggling a show from city to city.

Jim Breuer

It was fun catching up with Jim Breuer as we had a chat about his upcoming “Live and Let Laugh” tour, which will bring him to the House of Blues in Chicago on November 3rd.

Jim Breuer

Jim Breuer returned to the show to promote his new comedy album “Live from Portland,” now available on all digital platforms.  We talked about joys of getting old (especially colonoscopies), opening for Metallica, and my daughter’s newly discovered love for Goat Boy.

Gabriel Iglesias

Website-Header-OneShowFitsAllGabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias called in for a fun chat about his many new projects, including his Netflix comedy special “One Show Fits All” (and another special he’s already taped to air next year — plus he’s got a Netflix series in the works), and his upcoming “Beyond The Fluffy” world tour.